This furniture manufacturer integrates into his pieces female nudes expressing the passions, with a morphological realism that excludes eroticism. Misunderstood in his time, his quest for creative yet functional furnishings flanked with figurative themes anticipates Rateau and even Le Corbusier.
On April 8 in Paris, Millon sells a table clock signed by Carabin in 1910, during the short period when his artistic importance was acknowledged. It is estimated € 150K, lot 23.
The clock is inserted into an amethyst block that supports a patinated bronze 1 meter high. This unique piece made to order is entitled L'envolée des heures (Soaring hours).
The bronze displays six nude women. Three of them form a chain similar to a swirling smoke, the last of them expressing fear for arriving so high. The other three women will fail to stop this upward movement and the inexorable drift of time.
I invite you to play the video shared on YouTube by the auction house: